Ephesians 5:19-20 (New American Standard Bible 1995)
speaking to one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing and making melody with your heart to the Lord; always giving thanks for all things in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ to God, even the Father;
Our lives as followers of Jesus should be filled with praise and worship from our lips. Paul here says "singing and making melody with your heart to the Lord; always giving thanks for all things in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ to God". When we reflect on our lives and all the ways that God has blessed us and provided, it is impossible to live each day without simply praising and thanking Him.
There may be seasons in life in which we are going through something very difficult and hard. We may feel very overwhelmed and discouraged because of what we are facing on a daily basis. But what I have learned is that praise and worship is a decision of our will. We have to choose to worship God. I have heard people comment when they enter a church and experience a worship service that sometimes they don't like the style of music or the songs that are being played.
But is the focus of worship and praise us. If we choose not to worship based on feelings, emotions, or how we feel about a song it has become about us and no longer is focused on the Lord. But if our trust focus and desire is to simply worship God it won't matter the type of music we sing. We will simply be focused on who Jesus is and what He has done with us. I believe one of the marks of a mature Christian is they will choose to worship God no matter what. No matter what they are going through they still know that God is good and He will work all things together for our good.
This journey with Jesus is not an easy one. But the more we walk with Him, the more we know Him, the more we come to love Him. The more we come to know Jesus we simply know that no matter what we are facing the Lord walks with us through the fire. We will never be burned or consumed, But through it all we will be refined, simply becoming more and more like Him.
Father I pray today that you would help me to see. Give me a right perspective concerning all things. Help me to know you and that no matter what I face that your praise will continually be upon my lips. Help me not to be motivated by my feelings and emotions. Help me to simply praise you on both the mountain top and down in the valley.